The Eagle River is a freestone tributary to the Colorado River, containing similar aquatic life. Its headwaters lie high in the White River National Forest, along Highway 24. These upper stretches are best for pocket water fishing with dry flies, and small nymphs. The majority of the public access for the Eagle is found along I-70 between the towns of Minturn, and Gypsum. A river map showing public access areas can be useful when fishing the Eagle due to a high number of short public stretches divided by private land. Despite its close proximity to I-70, the Eagle remains a top notch fishery, boasting beautiful views, and trophy sized rainbows.
The Eagle has cleared of ice and is fishing well.
Flows have been fluctuating between 120 CFS and 170 CFS near Gypsum, CO
Around 4' of visibility. Expect that to worsen on warmer days.
Current Food Sources:
| golden stonefly nymphs | caddis larva | Baetis nymphs | midge larva/ emergers/adults | eggs | small fish, leeches, etc. |
Flies to Try:
Guides Choice Dozen $24.99
TDJ Golden Stone size 12-16 | Pat's Rubber Legs olive/brown, or coffee size 10-12 | olive Hare's Ear size 10-14 | Darth Baetis size 18-22 grey | Tungsten Sunkist Baetis size 18-20 | Sparkle Wing RS2 olive or grey size 20-22 | UV Midge Black or brown 18-22 |
| Elk Hair Caddis size 12-18, olive, brown, or black | Parachute Adams size 16-22 | Parachute Adams size 12-22 | Matthew's Sparkle Dun BWO size 18-22 | size 20-22 CDC Morgan's Midge | Solitude Midge olive or black size 18-24
Galloup’s Dungeon white or black | Baby Gonga (olive, black, rainbow trout, and brown trout colors) | Thin Mint size 4-8 | Articulated Goldie | Wooly Buggers (olive, black, white) | Pine Squirrel Leeches (black, purple, red) | slump busters in white
guide tip of the week:
The Eagle is clear of ice throughout. Trout will normally be feeding on hatches of midges, and any larger food sources that presents themsleves (stonefly nymphs, caddis larva, etc.) During a midge hatch fishing dries or emergers could do the trick, but otherwise a deep nymph rig is a good bet. On warmer days, fish have began to move out of deep pools and runs and into shallower riffles and rock gardens. Work around to find the fish and if you find one, you'll probably find a bunch more.
Winter is settling in, but we are not scared to do some fishing...
Stop in the shop and ask about winter fishing techniques if you need to touch up on your cold weather angling skills, you'll be surprised how productive the winter months can be...
Was this brown trout eating Baetis or eggs? Guess it doesn't matter when you fish the Sunkist Baetis...
Larger caddis larva where also on the menu. You cant find this pattern in any shop, but you can buy all the nessacery materials in our Fly Tying Section.
A solid afternoon midge hatch saw trout like this taking a grey Sparkle Wing RS2 in size 22...
Late Summer/Early Fall...
Trout have been feeding agressivley as these little guys(Tricos) have been hatching in strong numbers on most mornings...
and if enough Tricos are eaten, trout start to look like this...
Once again, our guide Matt Campanella gets his clients into some nice looking trout....
Guide Matt Campanella showing off an Eagle River brown and rainbow trout from a recent day off. Flows on the Eagle are great for wade fisherman, dont miss out!
A good day on the river doesn't always mean you have to catch a million fish. Michael Heffez got out with our seasond guide Adam Morgan for a day of walk and wading on the Eagle recently. He described it as a tough day of fishing, but found it to be very rewarding hooking into a few solid trout using new techniques he was learning from Adam. A monster Rainbow Trout he hooked eluded the net, but this "torpedo" of a brown trout found its way into Michael's hands. We'll see ya next time!
Thanks to our guide Matt Campanella, for the stepping out of his back door in Edwards, and capturing this quick water conditions video for us!
No Surprise here our guide John Spriggs was out on the water again, and wrote up the following report.....
Floating the Eagle river is always a treat because It has tremendous bug life, and the average fish size near Eagle, Co is impressive! It is most famous for the prolific Caddis hatches that come off in the spring and early summer. The Eagle has excellent dry fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout. The float fishing season is fantastic but short and runs from April-July in most years. The Eagle can be wade fished year round and has excellent public access to the river below Wolcott and above Edwards.
Fished pretty well! Still had to work for them, but the fish were eating, when you found them! The streamer bite wasn’t consistent but certainly moved plenty of fish with black colored streamers moving the most!
Weather Conditions: Sunny and to overcast, 60
Water Clarity: off color 1-1.3 feet
Water Temp: 43-48
Trout Holding: Fish were holding tight against the banks in softer water, seams, buckets and some riffles if the river speed was slow enough to hold.
Guide tip of the Day
If there are any clouds, throw on a sculpzilla and chuck towards the banks and off the drops, you might just stick the fish of your life! Also, be ready for the caddis to start coming
Photos from the John Spriggs report:
One word.... Majestic.
QUICK FACT: checking out the bug life is both fun, and benificial to your fly selections. The boys found some Baetis nymphs, and a cream colored midge larva on these rocks.
Reaping the rewards.
A day on the water seems like just the the thing we all need about now.
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